A Beautiful World Marred but Restoration Is Coming

The prompt words for #RonovanWritesWeeklyHaikuChallenge are Beautiful & Curse. Thinking about the prompt brought to mind Adam and Eve. God had placed them in a garden filled with beautiful plants and luscious fruit. But because they disobeyed him all was lost and a curse was pronounced. Click To Tweet
You can read the whole story of creation and the fall of man in Genesis 1-3. 
These thoughts influenced my haiku, which in a small way reflect how things went from beauty to a curse.

Beautiful but marred

Woods are full of brambles and weeds

 

Beautiful but Marred

 

Beautiful Garden

Man and woman disobeyed

God pronounced a curse

 

Because of the curse

Mankind suffered toil and pain

Beauty became marred

 

Not the End of the Story

 

But that is not the end of the story. Jesus came, took upon himself the curse, then conquered death by his resurrection. He is now in heaven interceding with the Father on our behalf and will one day return to make all things new. At that time everything will be beautiful again. Click To Tweet

 

Curse has Lost its Hold

 

Jesus took the curse

Suffered, died and came alive

Beauty still remains

 

Jesus will return

In beauty and with power

Curse has lost its hold

 

Beautiful Reality When Christ Returns

 

At this point in time complete beauty is not restored. We still struggle with things. The world is still marred, but we have glimpses of beauty all around us. We all have beauty, because God created us in his image. Click To Tweet If we look hard enough we will see the loveliness even in little things. 

 

Beautiful creation

photo from one of my walks. gaylswright.com

 

The beautiful things in this world will not compare with the glorious restoration that is to come.

(Romans 8:18-21 Phillips)

 

In my opinion whatever we may have to go through now is less than nothing compared with the magnificent future God has planned for us. The whole creation is on tiptoe to see the wonderful sight of the sons of God coming into their own.

The world of creation cannot as yet see reality, not because it chooses to be blind, but because in God’s purpose it has been so limited—yet it has been given hope.

And the hope is that in the end the whole of created life will be rescued from the tyranny of change and decay, and have its share in that magnificent liberty which can only belong to the children of God!

 

I’m linking up with:  #DanceWithJesus#FaithonFire, #MomentsofHope

 

Wonder & Spy: A Haiku Challenge

The words for Ronovan Writes #weeklyhaikuchallenge this week are Wonder & Spy. Sunday, I took a walk around our property wondering what I might find to photograph. When I saw the prompt words, I knew they would go perfectly with writing haiku using my photos.

 

Strawberry blossoms and even some tiny green strawberries

 

I walk and wonder

What will my eyes spy today

Blossoms fresh and new

 

Some of our blueberry blossoms survived the recent cold snap.

 

As I continued my walk I found some surprises. I saw pansies that survived the winter hidden under weeds. That’s not all I found when weeds were pulled away. 

 

I love pansies. These almost look velvety

 

Garden under weeds

I wondered what was hidden

Then spied herbs and kale

 

Parsley, sage, oregano, thyme and kale…

 

With wonder I spy

Leafy vines climbing a tree

Yikes! Poison ivy

 

Pretty sure this is poison ivy and not Virginia Creeper.

 

The Beauty and Wonder of Creation

 

There is much beauty in creation and much to ponder when we take time to slow down and savor the richness. 

There is much beauty in creation and much to ponder... Click To Tweet

 

Our God gave us all this to enjoy and to reveal a part of who He is. When I walk I am more aware of the beauty of God’s creation. Sometimes I pray while walking alone. As the sun begins to set, and gentle breezes blow, I am refreshed. I pray that you, too, will find a way to be refreshed today.

 

Woods behind our house.

 

Check out Ronovan Writes to find more haiku and add your own if you like.

I’m linking up with: #RaRaLinkup, #TestimonyTuesday, #TellHisStory, #TeaAndWord, #FreshMarketFriday

Enough To Satisfy: How Much Does it Take

It’s time for Five Minute Friday. We write for five minutes without editing, using a one word prompt. I must confess that I often catch myself editing as I go. It’s also hard to stick within a five minute time limit, but I do my best. This week’s prompt is the word enough.

 
Enough

 

As I was thinking about the prompt, the following statement popped into my mind. Enough is as good as a feast. ~Mary Poppins Click To Tweet

What do you think that means? I have a feeling that it might have a little bit to do with being content with what we have.

 

Lovely table set by a friend.

 

Did you get enough to eat? There’s plenty more. Don’t go away hungry!

Those words were said by my mother and her mother before her when they served a meal. They wanted to make sure everyone had enough. Usually there was so much that we couldn’t eat another bite, and they still insisted that we were welcome to more. I do appreciate their gifts of hospitality.

Often we take for granted the things we have and end up wanting more. Click To Tweet

We think if only we had a new outfit, or if only my house was clean, or if only I could have one more hour in the day, etc., then I wouldn’t want any more. The trouble is when we think like that we will never be satisfied. We could always wish for more and never think there is enough.

 

View from my front porch one recent evening.

 

How Do We Find Contentment?

I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I think giving thanks for what we have would be a good start.

I think how content we are has a lot to do with whether or not we can be satisfied. Click To Tweet

Jesus tells us not to worry about what we will eat or drink or wear, because our Father knows what we need. He said in Matthew 6:33:

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

In scripture we see many examples where Jesus provides what is needed. His first miracle was turning water into wine, not just any wine, but the best.

Jesus Provides Enough

Another example is when there were over 5,000 people gathered who were hungry. The only food they could find were a few small loaves and some fish. Jesus blessed them, and there was not only food to go around but plenty left over. You can read this story in John 6.

When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” (John 6:12 NIV) (emphasis added)

What do you think? How can we tell when we have enough?

I’m linking up with: #FiveMinuteFriday, #InspireMeMonday, #Glimpses, #MomentsofHope

 

Spring Rains Encourage Growth, Beauty and Refreshment

Spring has not quite arrived, though it is very close. Click To Tweet
As I relax in my living room I hear the comforting sound of raindrops steadily falling.
This evening I spent some time with the online Nature Magnetic Poetry kit. Listening to the rain my thoughts were naturally drawn to words that might relate.

 

Refreshing Spring Rain

Spring rain softly falling
leaves earth pure and fresh

Squirrels wander about on
mossy forest boughs
as vine tendrils thrive
along wet tree trunks

I follow a covered path
where wild flowers shine
with beautiful vivid blooms

My soul grows full of love
At peace I breathe and relax

                                                             ~gayl wright

 

spring rain

 

Zechariah 10:1 (NIV)

Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime;
it is the Lord who sends the thunderstorms.
He gives showers of rain to all people,
and plants of the field to everyone.

 

It is the Lord who sends rain to water the earth and bring refreshment. May He give us rest and peace and enable us to bring refreshment to those we meet on this journey of life.May God water our souls with the rain of His mercy and grace. Click To Tweet

 

So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul—then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. (Deuteronomy 11:13-15 NIV)

 

I’m linking up with: #InspireMeMonday, #LMMLinkup, #Glimpses, #TeaAndWord, #TestimonyTuesday, #TellHisStory, #RaRaLinkup, #porchstories, #TuneInThursday